Next Time You Hear "Break A Leg," Don'T Do It LiterallyI'm part of a community theater group. There was one production which required me to wear a mask the entirety of the show. The problem was the mask cut off my peripheral vision. During one rehersal, I walked off the wrong exit of the stage because I couldn't see where I was going. On another rehersal, I accidently kicked over a prop because I didn't see it.
The worst part is that during our first matinee performance (in front of a live audience), I go to exit off the stage, and I suddenly feel myself fall down. Thinking I was officialy offstage, I took off my mask, only to find out I fell off the stage and was still in front of the audience. Fortunatly, there was a curtain near me I could easily run behind. As embarrassed as I was that I, unintentionally, broke the fourth wall in front of a live audience, what hurt even more was that (1) the fall took the wind out of me, and it took me a month to regain my normal flow of breathing, (2) the fall creating a big bloody gash along my leg. As time went on, I heard from other actors who had simmiler stories of people who also fell off the stage. As far as the bruise on my leg is concerned, one proffessional stage actor told me that, in this industry, they are known as "battle wounds."